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Operation Amadori II: Rainbird Assassin (Ninjutsu 忍術& Weather)

August 1, 1548 The torchlight flickers. A storm approaches. I fear the shadows this night may conceal. August 2, 1548 The sound of an explosion woke the rest of the men from their slumber. A great fire has consumed our gun-powder stores and decimated our supply of food. Despite heavy rain, the fire managed to … Continue reading Operation Amadori II: Rainbird Assassin (Ninjutsu 忍術& Weather)

Why I Use Para-cord for my Grappling Hook Rope (Kaginawa 鈎縄)

I started braiding my own ropes from 550 and 850 para-cord a few years ago.  There has yet to be an instance where one of these ropes have snapped on me, and I have climbed many bridges, trees, buildings, and walls with them. If you intend to start climbing with a grappling hook for neo-ninjutsu … Continue reading Why I Use Para-cord for my Grappling Hook Rope (Kaginawa 鈎縄)

Shadow Walking with ‘Stealth Technique’: Joei-nin 如影忍 and Stealth Movement

If you are planning on adhering to the shadows, be it for the sake of hiding from roving gangs in an SHTF situation, or simply to conceal your movements, then practicing some of the drills presented in the following pieces is a must (we are not responsible for your misdeeds). These exercises, it may be … Continue reading Shadow Walking with ‘Stealth Technique’: Joei-nin 如影忍 and Stealth Movement

Hiding in Trees: Mokuton-Jutsu 木遁之術 and Surveillance

This composition of exercises is not to be construed as representative of historical ninjutsu, but rather is informed by ninjutsu principles and concepts considered to be of use in cultivating preparedness skills and 'neo-ninjutsu' practices. Materials that influenced these exercises include: The Bansenshukai (1676) The Gunpo Joyoshu (1560?) The Shoninki (1681) For a better explanation … Continue reading Hiding in Trees: Mokuton-Jutsu 木遁之術 and Surveillance

Shinobi Leg Day II : Crouched Movement Conditioning

Expanding on concepts evinced in Shinobi Leg Day I and Stealth 101: Enter the Crouch, Stealth Technique takes opportunity of another rooftop stealth session to condition the legs for crouched movement. Note that there are a number of techniques used in conjunction with crouching that will allow for a low-profile whilst clambering over obstacles, many … Continue reading Shinobi Leg Day II : Crouched Movement Conditioning

Thief in the Attic – Grappling Hook Technique 鈎縄

The shinobi kaginawa 鈎縄 was used historically to hoist equipment into a high place (along with myriad other applications). Stemming from this initial idea, Shadow Work experimented with his own grappling hook to see how it may be used for the same purposes of a shinobi-no-mono (i.e. lifting equipment into a high position). The result … Continue reading Thief in the Attic – Grappling Hook Technique 鈎縄

Infiltrating a “Ninjutsu” Dojo – Using a Shinobi-Kumade

There is a wealth of irony to this next exhibition of Stealth Technique. For a while now, it has been well-established within the academic community that the ways of ninjutsu are not often represented by the culture of "ninjutsu" dojos - for within the domain of such martial arts schools the elements of stealth infiltration … Continue reading Infiltrating a “Ninjutsu” Dojo – Using a Shinobi-Kumade

From the Shallows into Deep Water: Ninjutsu and the Path into the Shadow Zone (Part 2)

(See Part 1 here) Stealth Technique first came to my attention back in January of 2018. At the time I was very much engaged with my own pursuit of self-development through study and application of historical ninjutsu 'densho'. My method was simple enough. Read the manuals, identify pragmatic principles, and then create a discipline through … Continue reading From the Shallows into Deep Water: Ninjutsu and the Path into the Shadow Zone (Part 2)

From the Shallows into Deep Water: Ninjutsu and the Path into the Shadow Zone

Everyone wants "ninjutsu" techniques. We want the tomae-nage throws, oni-kudake shoulder locks, powerful shuto, and powder spells that can put an enemy to sleep. However, according to the manuals, these techniques do not define what ninjutsu is. I know, I know...this point has already been expounded upon ad nauseam....but as I have also already explained, … Continue reading From the Shallows into Deep Water: Ninjutsu and the Path into the Shadow Zone